Bern University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Ruth Alas, Estonian Business School, Estonia
Prof. Christopher J. Rees, University of Manchester, UK
and Beijing University of Technology
Prof. Dr. Frank E.P. Dievernich, Bern University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr. Kim Oliver Tokarski, Bern University of Applied Sciences
Martin Bürki, CEO Ericsson Switzerland
Ongoing Change-Management: Inside Ericsson
Thomas Hodel, Director Berne University
of Applied Sciences
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We are delighted to issue the announcement for the 7th EIASM colloquium on the subject of Organizational Change and Development (OCD). Previous OCD workshops have taken place in Tallinn, Vilnius, Bucharest, Krakow, Vienna and Malta. The 7th OCD colloquium is scheduled to take place in Bern in September 2012.
As in previous years, the 2012 OCD colloquium is designed to provide delegates with the opportunity to present their work and discuss it in a constructive environment. Thus, the colloquium seeks to bring together international scholars and practitioners with a view to exploring perspectives and insights into the management of OCD. Work presented by delegates at the OCD workshops in previous years has been published in journals such Human Resource Development International, Baltic Journal of Management, Journal of Business Economics and Management, Journal of Organizational Change Management, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Business Ethics, and the Estonian Business Review.
OCD is rapidly emerging as a subject which is integral to the management of organizations in the 21st century. While the practice of management has, from time immemorial, involved designing, implementing and managing change interventions, the current scale and pace of societal, economic and technology-driven change in the global environment highlights the existent need for theorists and practitioners to develop their knowledge and understanding of how best to manage organizational change in the workplace. No sector or type of organization is immune from the challenge of devising and implementing effective organizational change and development strategies in today’s highly complex global world economy.
The Seventh EIASM Colloquium will focus on complex change management projects in organizations and society. People play the leading part in all debates about change. People have been at the heart of many inquiries into change management since the earliest days of the discipline, but it needs to be understood how their role has changed over the years. Over time, people have (presumably) learnt to deal with most types of change management projects that they are being confronted with in the organizations (be they companies, institutions, schools, political parties etc.) and social environment that they are part of. This poses the following questions:
How does change management research respond to this situation?
Which tools and concepts have been found as a reaction?
At many businesses, the phenomenon of change fatigue can be observed. It means that disinterest, scepticism, and waiting have taken the place of committing for or against the change venture. A common response of people affected by change is that they will re-evaluate the person of their leader in such highly unstable contexts, beyond his or her mere functional purpose. Personal relationships appear as a guarantee of certainty whenever organizational structures cease to be the source for such certainty. The question is which concept of personality is at work in the theory and practice of the complex, but often too familiar experience of change. How are the concepts of organization and change management being adapted as a response? Are we witnessing a resurgence of personality in the structural debate? And finally: What role is played by ethics, values, and cultures in such change management projects and contexts, concepts that are often, especially in the case of ethics and values, attributed to people and their actions and decisions?
These questions call for a fresh look at the traditional distinctions between formal and informal organizations and between the formal and informal functions of change. The dualism of organizations (institutions) and people (individuals) deserves a rethink. The Seventh EIASM Colloquium is the opportunity for this new look. Innovative, multidisciplinary vistas are welcome. OCD theory and practice is the integrating mechanism that facilitates the genuinely multi-disciplinary nature of these conference workshops.
As indicated above, we welcome submissions on a wide variety of topic areas. As a guide only, papers are invited primarily, but not exclusively, on the following topics:
- organizational change and crisis management (organizational and personal change)
- entrepreneurship and change management
- the management of organisational change with reference to product development and/or marketing activities
- influence of spirituality on changemanagement/in complex changemanagement-projects
- the role of norms, values and ethical aspects on changemanagement/in complex changemanagement-projects
- innovation and the process of change management
- the role of management development in change management
- the contribution of the HRM function to change management interventions
- competences needed in the change management process
- the influence of culture/values on organizational change
- diversity and organizational change and development
- the role of communication in complex changemanagement-Projects
- comparative organizational change practices
- characteristics of leading complex changemanagement-Projects
- the psychology underpinning organizational change and development
- the impact of organizational change on employees
- resistance to organizational change
Abstract submissions guidelines
The abstract should contain a cover page and the body of the proposal ( one document ).
The cover page must include:
- The title of the proposal
- Authors’ names, affiliations, address, telephone, fax and e-mail.
The body of the proposal will be an abstract that must not exceed 250 words and must be inputted single-spaced with no double spacing between paragraphs.
The abstract should contain the aims and/or objectives and/or questions of the study. These aims and/or objectives and/or questions should highlight the relevance of the study to organizational change and development theory and/or practice.
Extended submission of abstract : 29 May 2012
Author notification: as of 12 June 2012
Registration for authors: 27 July 2012
Submission of final paper: 27 August 2012
- As a Highlight for the 2012 Conference we will publish a book with a selection of interesting papers (estimated Publisher: Routledge) – The working titles correlates to the subject of the conference: “Re-Discovering the Human Being in the Context of complex Changemanagement-Projects”. More information about this will be given during the colloquium.
- A selected number of papers will be published published in the Journal of Management and Change. More information about this will be given during the colloquium.
Department of Management – Bern University of Applied Sciences
Bern University of Applied Sciences
When booking at one of the hotels below please mention EIASM. Rooms are pre-booked for our group until August 2nd, 2012.
Sorell Hotel Ador (***)
Fon +41 31 388 01 11
Fax +41 31 388 01 10
Hotel Bern (****)
CH-3011 Bern, Switzerland
Fon +41 (0)31 329 22 22
Fax +41 (0)31 329 22 99
BEST WESTERN Hotel Bären (****)
CH-3011 Bern, Switzerland
Fon +41 (0)31 311 33 67
Fax +41 (0)31 311 69 83
Hotel BELLEVUE PALACE Bern (*****)
CH-3000 Bern 7, Switzerland
Fon +41 (0)31 320 45 45
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For information about city of Bern CLICK HERE
The fees include participation to the workshop, workshop documents, 2 lunches and morning and afternoon refreshments.
|For participants affiliated with an institution that is member or associate member of the EIASM's
|290,00 € (VAT Exempt)|
|For participants coming from another academic institution
||375,00 € (VAT Exempt)|
Cancellations made before August 29, 2012 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.
Payments should be made by :
- The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access
Ms. Cristina Setyar - EIASM Conference Manager
PLACE DE BROUCKÈRE-PLEIN - 31 - 1000 BRUSSELS - BELGIUM
Tel: +32 2 226 66 69 - Fax: +32 2 512 19 29